Newcastle United’s Bruno Guimaraes is reportedly set for more disappointment when Brazil face Switzerland today.
Tite’s side kicked off their World Cup with a win over Serbia, but it came at a price. Neymar picked up an ankle injury which will seemingly rule him out for the rest of the group stage.
That is a real blow for Brazil, but it does create an opportunity for someone else. We speculated that it should create an opening for our very own Bruno, who was an unused substitute in Brazil’s opening game.
The Newcastle midfielder feels like the best option to replace Neymar, allowing Lucas Paqueta to play in a more advanced role.
It looks like the West Ham ace will be doing that, but not with his close friend Bruno behind him.
Fred to replace Neymar, not Bruno Guimaraes
Ahead of Brazil’s first game against Serbia, Globo reported that Bruno would not start. Their believed team was correct, and now they have provided information on the Selecao’s plans to face Switzerland.
Globo claim that Fred will be the man to replace Neymar – not Bruno. The Manchester United midfielder will join Casemiro in the middle, with Paqueta pushing forward into the ‘number 10’ position.
They add that Brazil will make one more change, with Eder Militao replacing the injured Danilo.
When you compare Bruno to Fred, it seems crazy that Tite is going with the latter rather than the former. What does Fred do that Bruno can’t? And offensively, Bruno is well clear of the former Shakhtar Donetsk man.
It feels like a rather conservative decision by Brazil, opting for a solid and safe midfield. But Bruno would be able to offer the same defensive cover too – we have seen at Newcastle how good he is at reading the game.
However, the 25-year-old’s wait for a World Cup debut drags on. Hopefully he features off the bench, and he can prove why he should be in Brazil’s starting lineup.